1. Begin with the prayer for specific for each session
  2. Watch the TED talk video
  3. Watch the reflection video by one of the pastoral team members
  4. Pray over the scripture passage
  5. Review Personal Reflection Questions

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SESSION #2 – The Importance of Suffering

Opening Prayer

Loving God, you fill all things with a fullness and hope that we can never comprehend. Thank you for leading us into a time where more of a reality is being unveiled for us all to see. We pray that you will take away our natural temptation for cynicism, denial, fear, and despair. Help us have the courage to awaken to greater truth, greater humility and greater care for one another. May we place our hope in what matters and what lasts, trusting in your eternal presence and love. Listen to our heart’s longings for the healing for the healing of our suffering world. Please add your own intentions …. Knowing, good God, you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God. Amen


Deacon Mark Castanier VIDEO REFLECTION

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.


1.Have you suffered greatly in your life?

2.How have you handled the suffering in your life?

3.Are you still grieving the loss of a friend or family member?

4.What has helped you through the loss of losing someone you love?



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  1. Jane Lanoue

    Deacon Mark
    Thank you for your reflection on Mayumi Amargo s talk.Thank you for sharing your suffering and the tools used in coping with your suffering.
    Jane Lanoue

    • Deacon Mark Castanier

      Thanks Jane for contributing to the discussion this evening. Her TED talk was light on content but full of emotions. I hope the discussion tonight was helpful. It was great to see you

  2. Susan Shaw

    I truly enjoyed Mayumi Amargo’s “youthful perspective” on the topic of suffering. Thank you, Deacon Mark, for your commentary on the TED Talk and your addition of all the personal tips you gathered together on dealing with pain and suffering in our lives. MY Talk-away: “Come to God and you won’t walk alone your suffering.”

    • Kelly

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Deacon Mark. Your tips for coping with mental health challenges is so valuable. Understanding your suffering and implementing these healthy coping mechanisms for suffering will allow us to become resilient!

  3. Cynthia Hellsten

    Thank you for the discussion tonight. Further to the discussion, Father John can you offer any insight on how to accept /surrender to God’s will (when we do not like it)? Thank you.

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